Genealogy

Sources Useful for Many Searches

A large collection of genealogy sources https://www.familysearch.org/

Free online genealogical courses https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html

Genealogical sites for every state and county in the U.S. http://www.usgenweb.org/

Free genealogical resources from Ancestry http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

A directory of genealogical sources http://www.cyndislist.com/

Berks County Resources

A large collection of Berks County records http://berks.pa-roots.com/

Berks County Genealogical Society http://www.berksgenes.org/

The Historical Society of Berks County http://www.berkshistory.org/library/

Berks County Register of Wills (wills, marriages, deaths, births) http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/RegWills/Pages/Genealogy.aspx

Berks County Prothonotary (immigrations, naturalizations, divorces) http://prothy.co.berks.pa.us/search_genealogical/

Berks County Recorder of Deeds (deeds & mortgages) http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Deeds/Pages/OnlineRecordsSearchInstructions.aspx

Historical Maps and Locators

Overlays of current maps with historical maps http://www.historicmapworks.com/

A digital collection of historical maps http://www.davidrumsey.com/

Library of Congress Maps http://www.loc.gov/topics/maps.php

A finding aid to obtain enumeration districts for census records 1880-1940 http://stevemorse.org/census/index.html

Searchable surname distribution map of Poland http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/

Immigration

Ellis Island http://www.ellisisland.org/

Free Census Records

U.S. 1940s census http://1940census.archives.gov

Ireland 1901 & 1911 http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie

Death Records

Recent Obituaries http://www.legacy.com/ns/obitfinder/obituary-search.aspx

Cemetery transcriptions http://www.interment.net/

Cemetery transcriptions and photos http://www.findagrave.com

Country & Translation Aids

Google Translate http://translate.google.com/

Latin Words and Phrases
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/key-words-and-phrases-in-latin-records/21

German Research https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Germany%22

German Script
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/german-script-tutorial/91

German Handwriting / Kurrent Pt. 1
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-german-handwritten-records-lesson-1-kurrent-letters/69

German Handwriting / Kurrent Pt. 2
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-german-handwritten-records-lesson-2-making-words-in-kurrent/70

German Handwriting / Kurrent Pt. 3
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-german-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-kurrent-documents/71

Researching Hispanic Heritage
http://genealogy.about.com/cs/hispanic/a/ancestry.htm

Spanish Script Tutorial
https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/spanish-script-tutorial/92

Searching En Espanol
https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=languages%3A%22Spanish%22

Irish Research
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Ireland%22

Italian Research
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/basic-italian-research/246

Polish Research
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Poland%22

Russian Research
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Russia%22